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Fall 2012 ECU Pirate Tutoring Center Lead Tutors Contribute to Student Success

Pirate Tutoring Center Lead Tutors who are utilizing the Muhlenberg Learning Assistant model are making a positive impact on the academic success of the students they teach. A grand total of 440 students (n=702) sought tutorial services at least 3 or more times for Chemistry 1120. 95% of these students passed the class. This pass rate is 12.7% higher than the pass rate of other tutors who work with students 3 or more times a week. In Psychology 1000, all 20 students (n=100) who attended tutorial sessions passed Psychology 1000. This pass rate is 8% higher than the pass rate of other tutors who work with students 3 or more times per week. Congratulations, Brittany Satterwhite, Kelly Reburn, Cori Wright, Julianna Womble, Evan Arthur, Rachel Johnson, Michael Shea, Ruby Behairy, Clair Parker, and Jason Atkinson!

ASU As-U-R first complete applicant

November 7, 2012: Appalachian State University's As-U-R will be interviewing their first complete applicant (a current student at ASU) for admission into the program next week!

ASU UDL-intensive Faculty Learning Community

November 7, 2012: The call for applications for Appalachian State University's UDL-intensive Faculty Learning Community is going out to chairs and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-year faculty members this week!

Building ECU Students: Think, Value, Communicate, Lead

College STAR and the US Department of Education (Title III) are partnering to support faculty and the Office of Institutional Planning, Assessment and Research in designing and implementing an educational assessment tool to document and measure the student learning experience at ECU. This assessment tool, the TVCL (Think, Value, Communicate, Lead) Matrix, is a flexible solution for faculty to clearly articulate the expected skills and learning outcomes students achieve in their courses. Imbedded in the matrix are opportunities for faculty to utilize the principles of Universal Design for Learning. This effort is being led by faculty from College of Business, School of Communication, Department of Biology and College of Human Ecology. The first interactive workshop on introducing this matrix to faculty was hosted by Dr. Sharon Ballard, faculty in the College of Human Ecology. Nineteen faculty members attended this workshop. Faculty appreciated the interactive use of the “duplos” to begin the process of illustrating and applying this matrix to their instructional practices. Following this workshop, seven faculty members from the College of Human Ecology formed a Pirate CREW to evaluate the relevance and applicability of this matrix in their academic unit.

East Carolina University's Project STEPP has released a Transition Curriculum.

Project STEPP at East Carolina University has recently released curriculum materials designed to help high school students with learning differences take one STEPP at a time to prepare for the college setting. Project STEPP, a program on the ECU campus for students with learning disabilities, provides comprehensive supports for participants throughout their college careers. In addition, the program supports incoming students during the year prior to matriculation to help them lay the groundwork for this major life transition. These transition-year resources became the foundation for the curriculum, which is freely available for teachers (and families) to use. The transition curriculum contains eight modules, each with fully developed lesson and activity plans, lecture slides, teacher notes, and student handouts. Each module centers on a specific college-related theme, such as the differences between high school and college, balancing academic and social life, organization and time management, communication, and technology. Click here to read further, and check out the curriculum resources at www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/stepp/curriculum.cfm.

Check out the posters from the 2013 Shared Learning Conference

In case you missed them, here are the posters from the 2013 Shared Learning Conference in Greensboro, NC.

ECU Faculty Define Student Learning Outcomes Using Think, Value, Communicate and Lead

ECU’s Office of Institutional Planning, Assessment and Research, in conjunction with The Department of Education (Title III), and College STAR are collaborating to support 32 ECU faculty from 8 academic departments who will incorporate the Think, Value, Communicate, Lead (TVCL) Curriculum Matrix. This matrix focuses on student learning and serves as an effective framework for curriculum mapping to ensure positive student learning outcomes. Each TVCL Faculty Fellow team has agreed to become a Pirate CREW where they will map their curriculum, as a team, to align with TVCL. They will take this effort to the next level by identifying instructional practices that support the principles of UDL and students with learning differences.

ECU Chapter of Eye to Eye Mentoring Program Kicks off a New Year

Late on Friday afternoons, the Project STEPP office is quieter than usual. Watching a group of students leave around 3:15, you might assume they’re rushing off to start the weekend early. However, for these ten Pirates, this mass exodus leads two blocks down the street to a community center where they’ll spend the next hour and a half elbow-deep in paint, glitter, glue, or construction paper while chatting with a child about topics including school, goals, families, sports, and most importantly, the challenges and triumphs of being a student with a learning disability and/or ADHD.read more

Technology and the Pirate Tutoring Center

At ECU, tutors in the Pirate Tutoring Center (PTC) are utilizing new methods to deliver tutoring; the iPad and Tegrity, a desk top lecture capture recording system. In a recent article in EDUCAUSE Quarterly, Redfield and Larose describe an intelligent tutoring center as one that combines computer programs and face-to-face tutoring to better address the needs of all students desiring assistance. The vision for the PTC is to be a place where multiple educational resources are available and tutoring methods of delivery are a combination of online Tegrity recordings, iPad applications, bamboo tablets, and other innovative approaches to providing tutoring materials.read more

ECU Can Now Access Read and Write Gold

Read and Write Gold, a literacy software solution, allows individuals to access any curriculum and complete reading, writing, and research assignments as well as take tests independently. Users can access digital content and have text read aloud with highlighting using natural sounding voices, which boosts reading comprehension and allows writers to listen to their written work. Faculty can provide instruction utilizing the principles of Universal Design for Learning (www.cast.org) that is vital to meeting the needs of diverse learners.

Read and Write Gold is free to all faculty, students and staff at ECU through the ECU Download Center (https://download.ecu.edu, click on Classroom Tools). Consult the ECU Office for Faculty Excellence for the Read and Write Gold training schedule. Additional training sessions can be scheduled through the Office for Faculty Excellence.

Fall 2012 ECU Pirate Tutoring Center Lead Tutors Contribute to Student Success

Pirate Tutoring Center Lead Tutors who are utilizing the Muhlenberg Learning Assistant model are making a positive impact on the academic success of the students they teach. A grand total of 440 students (n=702) sought tutorial services at least 3 or more times for Chemistry 1120. 95% of these students passed the class. This pass rate is 12.7% higher than the pass rate of other tutors who work with students 3 or more times a week. In Psychology 1000, all 20 students (n=100) who attended tutorial sessions passed Psychology 1000. This pass rate is 8% higher than the pass rate of other tutors who work with students 3 or more times per week. Congratulations, Brittany Satterwhite, Kelly Reburn, Cori Wright, Julianna Womble, Evan Arthur, Rachel Johnson, Michael Shea, Ruby Behairy, Clair Parker, and Jason Atkinson!

ASU As-U-R first complete applicant

November 7, 2012: Appalachian State University's As-U-R will be interviewing their first complete applicant (a current student at ASU) for admission into the program next week!

ASU UDL-intensive Faculty Learning Community

November 7, 2012: The call for applications for Appalachian State University's UDL-intensive Faculty Learning Community is going out to chairs and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-year faculty members this week!

Building ECU Students: Think, Value, Communicate, Lead

College STAR and the US Department of Education (Title III) are partnering to support faculty and the Office of Institutional Planning, Assessment and Research in designing and implementing an educational assessment tool to document and measure the student learning experience at ECU. This assessment tool, the TVCL (Think, Value, Communicate, Lead) Matrix, is a flexible solution for faculty to clearly articulate the expected skills and learning outcomes students achieve in their courses. Imbedded in the matrix are opportunities for faculty to utilize the principles of Universal Design for Learning. This effort is being led by faculty from College of Business, School of Communication, Department of Biology and College of Human Ecology. The first interactive workshop on introducing this matrix to faculty was hosted by Dr. Sharon Ballard, faculty in the College of Human Ecology. Nineteen faculty members attended this workshop. Faculty appreciated the interactive use of the “duplos” to begin the process of illustrating and applying this matrix to their instructional practices. Following this workshop, seven faculty members from the College of Human Ecology formed a Pirate CREW to evaluate the relevance and applicability of this matrix in their academic unit.

Project STEPP Challenge Course 2012

When most students picture their first days of college, dangling from a 50-foot climbing tower or tightrope-walking across a suspended cable probably aren’t the images that come to mind. Yet for the students in Project STEPP’s 2012 cohort, activities like these were an integral component of their first week on campus. read more

College STAR at ASU has gone online!

Check out our website: http://collegestar.appstate.edu/

ASU College STAR team announces new student support program

Appalachian State University College STAR team announces new student support program, "As-U-R: Supporting Students with Executive Functioning Challenges." As-U-R, which is directed by Dr. Monica Lambert, is currently recruiting students from the ASU student body for its first cohort. The program will be piloted during the 2012-2013 year, with recruitment of prospective ASU students for the 2013-2014 cohort to begin early in 2013.

ASU faculty development workshop focusing on the ABC's of UDL

College STAR at ASU kicked off this term with a faculty development workshop focusing on the ABC's of UDL. The workshop was delivered by Barbara Levin from UNCG, and was attended by over 50 faculty and staff participants, including many of the new tenure-track faculty hires. The attendees were highly satisfied with this introduction to UDL, and reported a high likelihood of implementing some of the principles they learned into their courses. Our next workshop will focus on using a new technology, LiveScribe pens, for instructional use. We will welcome another College STAR campus representative to deliver this on October 1: Tim Hackett, of ECU.

Shared Learning Conference 2012: Chapel Hill, NC

College STAR Year One participants are looking forward to a time of reflection about this past academic year and thinking ahead to Year 2 during our first annual Shared Learning Conference.


Campus faculty learning communities emerging

College STAR is partnering with the Office of Faculty Excellence to provide ECU faculty with a forum to conduct shared research linked to the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and students with learning differences. This forum, known as Pirate CREWS (Collaborating for Retention and Engagement With ongoing Support) aims to explore more deeply examples of best-practice instructional techniques in today’s college classroom. Faculty who participate in these research groups commit to active engagement and follow-through with a group-defined research project while benefiting from research support and mentorship from the Office of Faculty Excellence. The results of this partnership have yielded six faculty learning communities or Pirate CREWS with a total membership of 23 instructors. ECU Pirate CREWS are investigating topics around the use of clickers in large college classrooms, adaptation of the Learning Assistant peer tutoring model from Muhlenberg College, implementation of the Kansas University Course Organizer Routine method, and utilization of the Livescribe pen in English composition class.

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